by John Paul Marquez

Surprising the crowds, the underdog Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (RoS) clinched game 1 of their finals showdown against the crowd darling B-Meg Llamados, 91-80, in the PBA Governors Cup Finals, last July 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

                      Even without a Finals experience, the young E-painters still managed to get a victory. Import Jamelle Cornley erupted with 25 points to lead the way for the E-painters. Both team shows physicality as Jay-R Quinahan (RoS) and Marc Pingris (BMeg) both called for the technical foul in the first quarter. The Lee-thal weapon Paul Lee (RoS) butted 3-points in final 10 seconds of the first quarter to put them up, 18-16. He also added 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. B-Meg fought back after a two 3’s of Marc Barroca and a buzzer beater three for Jonas Villanueva, 39-35.

                        E-Painters surged a rally after James Yap (BMeg) misses his two attempts, 9-2. B-Meg import Marcus Blakely hooked his fifth personal foul with 3:45 mark of the third canto with this RoS continued to put pain on the B-Meg after Cornley scored with 0.3 of a seconds left, 66-59. Gabe Norwood of RoS stretches their lead to 10 after his two-hand slam and B-Meg Coach Tim Cone ejected in the game with 7:23 left after throwing a monoblock chair in the playing court. And RoS never looked back and took on the driver’s seat.

                         It has been six years since the Rain or Shine joined the big league in 2006 carrying the Welcoat Dragons name. This is the first time that they will enter the Finals, while B-Meg marks their 23rd Finals appearance and they are hoping for a back-to-back title after they won the Commissioners Cup last conference.

                            The next game will be held at the same venue, July 25. 

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